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A paradigm shift in theorizing about justice?: a critique of Sen

Valentini, Laura (2011) A paradigm shift in theorizing about justice?: a critique of Sen. Economics and Philosophy, 27 (03). pp. 297-315. ISSN 0266-2671

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0266267111000228


In his recent book The Idea of Justice, Amartya Sen suggests that political philosophy should move beyond the dominant, Rawls-inspired, methodological paradigm – what Sen calls ‘transcendental institutionalism’ – towards a more practically oriented approach to justice: ‘realization-focused comparison’. In this article, I argue that Sen's call for a paradigm shift in thinking about justice is unwarranted. I show that his criticisms of the Rawlsian approach are either based on misunderstandings, or correct but of little consequence, and conclude that the Rawlsian approach already delivers much of what Sen himself wants from a theory of justice.

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Additional Information: © 2011 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: Government
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2015 14:21
Last Modified: 28 May 2024 03:00

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